Streaming issues? Report here
Joanne Joseph 702 Gradients Joanne Joseph 702 Gradients
Afternoon Drive with Joanne Joseph
15:00 - 18:00
volume_up
volume_mute

Up Next: The Money Show with Bruce Whitfield
See full line-up
Afternoon Drive with Joanne Joseph
15:00 - 18:00
Home
arrow_forward
Local

Preparing gravesites and mortuaries is standard practice in a pandemic - Masuku

9 July 2020 1:10 PM
Tags:
Coronavirus
epicentre
Gauteng Covid-19

Gauteng Health MEC reflects on the province's preparedness to fight the spread of COVID-19 while being the epicentre.

With more than 75,000 positive confirmed coronavirus cases, Gauteng is again the epicenter in South Africa.

The province has 53,000 active cases of the coronavirus - 3,000 of these patients are currently recovering in hospital.

On the national front, more than 8,800 new infections have been confirmed over the past 24-hour cycle, bringing South Africa's total to more than 224,000 with the death toll at 3602.

RELATED: Mkhize warns that Gauteng will surpass Western Cape as COVID-19 epicentre

Mandy Wiener on the Midday Report chats to Gauteng Health MEC Bandile Masuku to give more insight on the matter.

Though the province is under intense pressure, the system is under control. Healthworkers are feeling the pressure and this is pressure that is not usually felt but it has been added on by COVID-19.

Bandile Masuku, MEC - Gauteng Health Department

The pressure puts the government on its toes but it requires for everyone to be agile, he says.

We are not digging graves, we are preparing gravesites which is part of the response plan. Part of the response plan speaks about the storage of corpses in mortuaries and the capacity of gravesites. It's not about digging graves for COVID-19, it is about preparing gravesites to make sure that the capacity is ok. We are preparing gravesites and mortuaries as it is standard in a pandemic.

Bandile Masuku, MEC - Gauteng Health Department

Listen below to the full conversation:


9 July 2020 1:10 PM
Tags:
Coronavirus
epicentre
Gauteng Covid-19

More from Information about Covid-19 coronavirus

covid-19-coronavirus-face-mask-virus-transmission-health-pandemic-medical-123rf

'We can't be complacent despite decline in admissions,' says Gauteng acting MEC

11 August 2020 1:49 PM

Jacob Mamabolo says the province is likely to experience a spike in COVID-19 cases between end of August and early September.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Woman and man wearing surgical masks 123rf 123rflifestyle covid-19 coronavirus

UPDATE: SA now has 417,200 (74%) COVID-19 recoveries from 563,598 cases

10 August 2020 11:46 PM

There were 16,911 tests conducted and 3,740 new infections. Gauteng has 145,776 recoveries from 193,561 infections to date.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Mask South African flag coronavirus Covid-19 lockdown 123rf

#Covid-19: 'KZN, Free State still very much on an upward trajectory'

5 August 2020 1:57 PM

Mandy Wiener talks to Wits professor of vaccinology Shabir Madhi about the state of the pandemic in South Africa.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

absajpg

Absa wins international award for its response to Covid-19

5 August 2020 11:38 AM

The bank is one of only six in the world to be recognised in this way for outstanding performance during the global health crisis.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

200324-dondo-mogajane-edjpg

SA sovereignty intact, IMF loan will boost COVID-19 response - National Treasury

28 July 2020 9:01 AM

Director-general Dondo Mogajane reflects on the R70 billion loan granted to the country by the International Monetary Fund.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Great White shark 123rf 123rflifestyle

South Africans love travelling in their own country – can they save Airbnb SA?

27 July 2020 7:26 PM

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Velma Corcoran, Country Manager at Airbnb South Africa.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Covid-19 insurance 123rf 123rfbusiness 123rflifestyle 123rfpersonalfinance

Santam to pay out R1 billion to policyholders in 'business interruption' relief

27 July 2020 6:29 PM

It still argues that the lockdown, not the pandemic, is responsible for its clients’ losses. Bruce Whitfield interviews its CEO.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

oxygen-mask-medical-care-hospital-respiratory-illness-Covid19-coronavirus-123rf

Discrepancy in COVID-19 statistics and number of excess deaths - Report

23 July 2020 1:23 PM

Report co-author Professor Debbie Bradshaw says there needs to be re-look at some provinces' reporting of deaths.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Covid-19 coronavirus testing 123rf

EC and KZN see rising COVID-19 infections, as national infections hit 373,628

21 July 2020 7:53 AM

The Health Ministry said that over 194,000 people have recovered since the virus was detected in South Africa back in March.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

liquor-store-sales-wine-champagne-mmc-brut-bubbly-alcohol-booze-drinking-123rf

Alcohol industry must pay R5 billion excise tax for booze it made but can't sell

20 July 2020 6:30 PM

Bruce Whitfield interviews reps from the Liquor Brandowners Association, Norman Goodfellows and National Liquor Traders Council.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward